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Eric Veilleux parts ways with Halifax Mooseheads to take AHL coaching gig

Eric Veilleux is parting ways with the Halifax Mooseheads. .
Eric Veilleux is parting ways with the Halifax Mooseheads. . Halifax Mooseheads

The Halifax Mooseheads are searching for a new bench boss after their current head coach took a job south of the border.

The Mooseheads announced on Wednesday that Eric Veilleux accepted an assistant coaching position with the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch.

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Veilleux joined the Herd last summer. He led the squad to a 49-15-4 regular season record, along with a finals appearance in both the President Cup and Memorial Cup.

The Mooseheads lost both championship games to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

“I leave my position with a heavy heart as I had the luxury of coaching in front of the best fans in the ‘Q,'” Veilleux said in a statement.

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Veilleux said he’s excited to return to pro hockey. This will be his third American Hockey League job, after stints in Norfolk and San Antonio.

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The Mooseheads have hired a new head coach every summer since Dominique Ducharme left his coaching position following the 2015-16 season.

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The Mooseheads say the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.